Gear: Smith & Wesson model 5946

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Smith & Wesson model 5946

Smith & Wesson
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
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(38 Votes)
Description:

9mm, 16 shot, double action only, issued by NYPD.

Member Reviews

  • Nypd_helicopter_max30
    NYPD_Blue, Mon, 01 Oct 2007 18:09:43 UTC.
    1st review

    American made, never had a malfunction.

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    DarkJustice, Wed, 24 Oct 2007 03:56:40 UTC.

    This was on of the best peices of equiptment I ever purchased... Thank God the only action it ever saw was on the range..

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    DOC15907, Fri, 04 Jan 2008 02:47:45 UTC.

    Love the overall quality of the firearm. The handling and the ease of using

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    Officer_Waggz, Sun, 06 Jan 2008 18:37:18 UTC.

    After shooting glocks I wish I had not picked this firearm. I found it less accurate then similar glocks on the range. And after unloading a few clips I got the occasional jam. Never anything that Couldn't be cleared in a single tap and rack. But at least it was only after several clips had been fired. If your dept gives you the option between this and the glock take the glock you'll be happier in the long run.

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    snooper, Tue, 08 Jan 2008 07:35:55 UTC.

    I rated this weapon this way, because I carried a Smith 5906 for 20yrs and never had a problem until recently, it went from single fire after the first shot to double action all the time and I had to go to another Smith & Wesson which is a 4506-1 and it has given me the same performance as my 59, so I'm sure that this 59 is equal to or better than my old 59.

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    iprieto, Tue, 08 Jan 2008 18:32:59 UTC.

    I don't have this exact gun but I do own the 910s and is looks just like it. I love my gun how it fits on my hand, how light weight it is,how it shoots, no recoil and has real good accuracy. But is only one thing I don't like about it, is it little bulky to conceal. I think my barrel is a little longer than the model 5946. But beside this one thing I love my gun.
    I thought the police department stop giving 9mm because it had no stopping power, what is up with this? Especially in NY.

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    BALAN, Tue, 08 Jan 2008 22:46:51 UTC.

    is exelent gun

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    shoreline76, Wed, 09 Jan 2008 01:03:54 UTC.

    very reliable weapon a bit on the heavy side magazine have to be unloaded to rlief the spring
    rounds may jam if rounds remaine in magazine all the time.

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    OfficerTom, Wed, 09 Jan 2008 23:44:17 UTC.

    I actually can't rate this weapon because I don't own one. I'm responding to one of the bloggers who mentioned magazine spring fatigue. I had been curious about this myself so I unloaded my
    mags and happened to inspect some of the forty caliber rounds and found minute metal bumps
    at the top lip of the shell casings which brought to mind a time a few months ago when I was chambering a round before heading off to work when the round became stuck halfway into the chamber. I closely inspected the round and found minute imperfections at the top lip of the shell casing probably due to my chambering the same round every work day for months at a time. I then inspected every round that I had on hand and found that nine out of fifty rounds had enough minute imperfections that I won't load my weapon with them. I'll fire them off at the range. So be careful brothers ( and sisters). As for Smith and Wesson products... My first
    weapon as a rookie cop with the Chicago Police Dept. in 1968 was a Smith and Wesson
    38 cal. Combat Masterpiece revolver and later when we were allowed to carry a second weapon it was a Smith and Wesson Model 39 auto and both weapons served me well. I
    highly recommend any Smith and Wesson product. Thanks

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    vspsgt, Sat, 12 Jan 2008 21:11:23 UTC.

    The 9mm is an ineffective round which endangers officers who use it. A .40 or .45 is the weapon which will best protect the officer who protects others.
    Use only the weapon you train with, as in an emergency situation you will only rise to your level of training. Your backup weapon should be the same caliber and type as your duty weapon.
    (30 years of police work = knowing how to survive and what works/does not work)

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    CopsCop, Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:42:59 UTC.

    I like this gun, the grip fits perfect. I have never had a malfunction while shooting it. The only drawback to this gun is it is very heavy.

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    aaa111, Sun, 23 Mar 2008 16:09:45 UTC.

    sheriff long ago bought these. who knows why. i hated this gun with a passion. a 15 shot revolver.

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  • Nyc_correction_1960_max30
    co1669, Mon, 07 Apr 2008 03:54:38 UTC.

    Its the firearm issued by my department.Great gun.I have never had a problem with it.

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    edouard129, Tue, 08 Apr 2008 19:19:45 UTC.

    I LIKE THE GLOCK40 MODEL 22

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    Anonymous, Fri, 11 Apr 2008 05:51:02 UTC.

    It's a durable, reliable and accurate pistol. I have fired over 1000 rounds without cleaning it and it never jammed. It's been exposed to different climates and all weather conditions over the years on daily bases and works as new every time you squeeze a trigger. Fits comfortable in the hand.

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    amazingkg, Thu, 05 Jun 2008 02:52:49 UTC.

    Duty pistol I use in service. The metal frame can be a bit heavy in comparison to other firearms featuring a polymer frame (ie, Glock, HK USP, XD, etc) and the accuracy is lower at excess ranges near 25M. However the models featuring DAO and no safety, in conjunction with a high retention holster, can make for an effective weapon. Im very happy with it, but Id rather have the glock.

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    NYPD_Ret_Hwy, Tue, 24 Jun 2008 00:26:54 UTC.

    In response to another review - the weapon isn't the problem or the answer to accuracy, that lies with the handler.

    I was given a choice in 1995 to choose between this firearm or a Glock - I chose the S&W initially due to the point of S&W being a USA manufacturer - as a New York City police officer we can tell you that our weapons take a beating - my weapon was pulled out quite often during a tour of duty - especially on car stops assigned to highway. The 5946 took a beating and NEVER malfunctioned - no matter what rounds I used, or if I didn't maintain the weapon for a significant amount of time (usually right before I went to Rodmans neck is when I cleaned it).
    It is a heavy weaopn, but well balanced. I highly recommend this firearm for patrol officers!

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    keithquellhorst, Mon, 18 Aug 2008 03:33:22 UTC.

    I like this hand gun. I've owned a lot of guns and I really like this one. It is a little heavy but it's not bad.

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    9volt, Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:20:15 UTC.

    Very fine indeed. Handles well.

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    APO90PRE, Thu, 30 Oct 2008 18:42:05 UTC.

    One thing that i always hear from my officers is that the gun fell good Hands On... I Strongly agree. and the Gun is also awesome aswell....

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    PunisherFWB, Tue, 13 Jan 2009 14:36:15 UTC.

    I carried this weapon (TSW Model) for five years on the street, and thank God I never had to depend on it for defense of my life. WHEN it fires it's a fun shooter, and easy on the wrists. She's heavy on the hip, and tends to jam or fail to extract. I'd use it as a club before a bullet launcher if it came down to defending myself. I still bought it from my dept. as it was my Academy gun. Glad we went to Glocks.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 17 Jan 2009 23:01:48 UTC.

    best choice i made by picking htis gun. Never jams as long as you keep it clean. Clean mine about once a month. Looks is everything and when people see the silver and black on you it makes you look that much better. A hell of a lot better than the fisher price glocks.

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    zman7891, Mon, 02 Mar 2009 19:19:05 UTC.

    drop it on floor, pick it and its still good to go ! ! ! !

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    labianca7, Tue, 31 Mar 2009 04:32:32 UTC.

    i love this gun easy to use easy to clean and so far no problems what else can you ask for...

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    Anonymous, Fri, 03 Apr 2009 18:49:07 UTC.

    This is my service weapon... Love the way it shoots... Never had a problem with it..

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    dptydogsantiny, Tue, 12 May 2009 05:24:35 UTC.

    My dept used to issue this as a duty weapon. I carried it for a few months, then bought a Glock 17. The gun is reliable and accurate, but the downfall is the gun is heavy and does not hold a mounted light.

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    bristp, Fri, 05 Jun 2009 00:00:36 UTC.

    This is my dept. issued firearm. Easy to use, however once I got laid off, I purchased a S&W Sigma 9VE to use so I can work road details, and once I fired it at the range, I prefer the Sigma.

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    RET_NYPD_NARCO_DET, Mon, 22 Jun 2009 18:15:16 UTC.

    very accurate, plus has a little weight behind it when needed ---it makes a nice lump on a perps head when not enough time to grab the pepper spray or baton!

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    Scottyboybc, Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:08:50 UTC.

    this is issued. im not a big fan of double action, especially if your an average shot like i am. it weighs a ton and the trigger pull is heavy. it is safe though, haven't heard of someone accidentally firing it just for having finger on trigger when they shouldn't. that's a big plus given we're only able to shoot once a year at the dept. range

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    Anonymous, Fri, 14 Aug 2009 03:42:43 UTC.

    This is my duty pistol. It is well balanced and extremely durable. Very easy to maintain as well. It is a reliable gun and after firing thousands of rounds through it, it has only ever jammed once.

    However some of the downsides to this pistol are that it is quite heavy when fully loaded. When qualifying at 25m the accuracy of this firearm is totally dependant on the trigger pull. It is a very long and heavy trigger pull. The slightest snap in the trigger pull drops your shot enormously. The grip is terrible. It is made of plastic or something like that. At yearly re-quals, after firing hundreds and hundreds of rounds, the gun slips in your hand because of sweat. I worked around this by adding a slip grip and this made a huge difference. A small detail, but one that could have been thought of by S&W.

    Overall, it is a decent duty pistol, but when and if we ever get a new duty pistol I would much more prefer a Glock. I would still purchase my duty pistol just because I have had it since it was brand new form the factory:)

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    Anonymous, Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:21:19 UTC.

    Much better action the the Beretta 9mm.

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    Anthonygadget, Fri, 04 Sep 2009 21:58:08 UTC.

    never had a problem

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    Anonymous, Tue, 15 Sep 2009 20:49:01 UTC.

    Sure would be nice if it had a lighter, smoother trigger pull.

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    bigwest, Sun, 08 Nov 2009 22:39:19 UTC.

    TRIGGER PULL SHOULD BE LESS, BUT THE MAGAZINE DISCONNECT SAFETY IS A NICE FEATURE.

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    NYTRDT1, Thu, 03 Dec 2009 01:43:45 UTC.

    Fired thousands of rounds through this weapon. Never had any issues with it. Would be alot better with out that 12 pound trigger pull that "some" department put on it.

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    CLIFTON23708, Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:37:58 UTC.

    NYPD issued this with tritium sights as our Duty gun, but without a safety switch to fumble with. 15 +1. Trigger is like a S&W revolver,smooth and long. I personally group fist size at 15 yards with this. Not the most accurate, but accurate enough for a combat gun, and easy to shoot. It's a keeper!

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    WILS0N, Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:47:41 UTC.

    It's a keeper! Great nightstand and range pistol.

    Like others have said, it does have an unusually long & heavy trigger pull (and it's DAO ... EVERY time). But, I don't mind it much.

    For for a nonprofessional, or inexperienced shooter, I believe it's a MUCH safer choice than a Glock (assuming you keep one in the chamber).

    As others have mentioned, it's heavy to carry (the thing will try to pull yer pants down=),... but that same weight makes it a pussycat to shoot for a full day at the range.
    "Skateboard tape" on the grips make things work even better.

    Mine has never had a FTF, F, or E (+/- 5-K rounds of just about every JHP available, ... sometimes WWB FMJ when it's on sale at Wallyworld=).

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    20tolife, Sat, 15 Sep 2012 15:13:50 UTC.

    Duty weapon for NYC DOC great firearm but a bit heavy. we have the option of carrying the smaller cousin 6946 13 shot which i have and carry still in retirement on jobs!!!!

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